Proxellent keyboard (focus OEM?), with a bonus bit of Chicony KB-5591


02 Apr 2019, 19:13

Not sure how interesting this is to anyone else, but I nabbed what I think are two pretty cool boards a few weeks ago (been meaning to post them).
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I was actually looking for an FK-5001 or FK-9000, mostly for the weird layout, when I came across this. It has a very similar layout, but without the calculator functionality (it's a sick feature, but I don't mind not having to deal with the battery issues) and with a normal F-row. It was listed as "new", but it's a bit dirty. Still very good condition, with no noticeable yellowing on the caps and heckin' smooth switches, so I'm not gonna complain.
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FCC ID shows 1991, but this is basically the only info I was able to find on the board. Very little info online (basically I found one other source for this board, and I'm pretty sure it's the one I bought).
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SKCM Whites, look just like the ones found on the FK-5001. I'm not super clear on how the generations work, but I'm pretty sure I've felt better whites than this (though I haven't been able to compare these to others side by side).

Anyone know more about this board? I don't know that much about Focus, so idk if it was a common thing for them to make boards for other companies, or maybe Proxellent just really liked the FK-5001 and decided to copy it.

Also, I found this Chicony new-in-boxag at my local makerspace.
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I have hundreds of MX-mount SMK 2nd gen switches, but these are my first Monterey Blues. Feels exactly the same, as far as I can tell. This is also my first time with an ISO enter since I was a kid and I gotta say, it feels like coming home. I might have to move away from pure ANSI (though I'm sticking with non-split left shift).

I scanned the "Quick Installation Guide" and uploaded it to Google Drive, if anyone's interested ... sp=sharing

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02 Apr 2019, 20:03

What little I have seen about them previously suggests to me that it's a Focus-made OmniKey knockoff, although I have no genuine proof of that at all, it's more that it has a lot of things in common. It would make sense, as Focus appears to have made the OmniKeys (at the very least some of them) as well.

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